Bays United FC is a non-profit community soccer association based in Victoria, BC. As one of Victoria’s largest clubs, Bays endorses ‘soccer for life’, bringing the sport to approximately 1,500 individuals ages 5 to 60 and beyond. The club promotes excellence in soccer by providing a challenging and development-focused environment from novice to premier levels. We value teamwork and sportsmanship both on and off the field. We believe that sport builds healthy bodies and minds, and positive player development helps our youth to achieve greater success in life. We also value our community by bringing together people from different neighbourhoods to play soccer, volunteer in community sports events, and simply to socialize as they enjoy this beautiful game.
Bays United FC follows the FIFA Laws of The Game for teams in our Youth and Seniors Divisions. We reside under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Soccer Association and BC Soccer for our By-laws and Rules, and Lower Island Soccer Association (Youth), Lower Island Womens Soccer Association, Vancouver Island Soccer League (Men’s) and South Vancouver Island Classics’ Soccer Association for appropriate Rules and Regulations.
Bays United FC is a registered non-profit society, powered mainly by volunteers. Our player registration fees go primarily to field rental and equipment, and virtually everything else is done with pure sweat and devotion! We have a registration officer, two paid club coaches who act as learning resources for our vast numbers of volunteer coaches, and the co-ordinator of referees who is paid an honorarium for organizing the referees for all of the games in U10-U18 each week.
All of the other jobs in the club are performed by volunteer parents and community supporters: coaches, managers, lines people, executive members, division co-ordinators,equipment co-ordinators, website managers and so on. The thousands of hours these people volunteer each year make the playing opportunities for our children possible, so think about what energy and talents you might be able to contribute. You don’t need to be a soccer pro; we will provide full training and support to every volunteer. Please send us a message to put your name on the list of volunteers.
New Board Members Wanted
Bays United is governed by its own Board of Directors. Our directors are soccer parents like you who recognize that a club as big as ours needs ongoing direction and leadership. Each year, Board positions become vacant as Directors retire after their term of office. As a result, the club is always looking for more parents who have good judgment, organizational skills, and a commitment to supporting youth sport. New faces are especially welcome from the U6-U11 House League as we seek to build continuity in our club governance.
Some soccer knowledge is an asset, as well as a cooperative spirit for working in a board/committee setting. It’s not necessarily a big commitment – meetings are once a month on a Wednesday evening, plus occasional ad hoc meetings and some special tasks. Meetings are well chaired by our President and do not go on late. It’s an interesting and usually enjoyable volunteer job.
Bays runs on volunteers. While we celebrate the commitment of our coach volunteers (nearly 200 of them!), we also need Board members to keep the club running! So please step up. If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Director of Volunteers.